closer to the bone / Kris
YUP, we get pelicans in Alberta.
Though I’d normally think of pelicans as being Sea Birds
they’ve been around here for a long time.
Pelicans go anywhere there’s fish.
And we’ve got fish.
So when Rose and I heard about some Pelicans hanging out at a dam
in Wyndham Carseland Provincial Park, East of Calgary
we headed out … cameras in hand.
It’s about a hour’s drive South East of Calgary to the Park.
In this beautiful valley:
Plenty to do here:
Yet like many of Alberta Provincial Parks it seems
little used and almost unknown?
This is the Dam / Weir where the pelicans like to fish.
Weir: Definition: a dam in a stream or river
to raise the water level or divert its flow.
In this case the diversion is for irrigation canals.
Weirs can be dangerous.
We spotted the pelicans at the canal spillway on the far side.
With no telephoto lens we decide to head over to the other side.
On the other side we see more warning signs.
People have obviously died here.
But we’re going to get our pelicans shots
even if it kills us.
And there they were … completely heedless of the warning signs
about swimming in the weir.
They didn’t seem to mind.
These are not award winning shots. We know that.
It’s just fun.